Instead, when we deal with stressful challenges in a smart way, the outcome may be fewer stress symptoms, but a stress-free life will never happen.
Sometimes we are scared of being stressed. The numerous times we've heard that stress is harmful to our systems takes its toll. This is true for some cases of long-term stress problems. And the answer seems obvious – get rid of stress and you'll be fine. But humans aren't built like that.
Our brains and bodies have evolved to help us survive – and the stress reaction is a very important piece of that puzzle. Also, a certain amount of stress is a necessity for us to feel engaged, motivated and happy. So what can we actually expect if we do everything right according to science?
Say we exercise regularly, keep healthy sleeping and eating routines, prioritize social and fun recovery activities, don't work outside work hours, take real breaks every working hour, feel in control of our work situation and have clear priorities. Those things should be really helpful for our stress levels – and they are. Strategies like that will help you take care of yourself and reduce stress symptoms. But we are not alone, and everything is not within our power. So no matter how smart we are in dealing with stress, we cannot expect a stress-free life.